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Manhattan School of Music: Narrative Description


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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1917. Setting: 1-acre urban campus. Endowment: $12.3 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $23,300 per student. Total enrollment: 875. Faculty: 380 (75 full-time, 305 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 7:1. 794 applied, 40% were admitted. Full-time: 401 students, 47% women, 53% men. Part-time: 7 students, 100% women. Students come from 35 states and territories, 37 other countries, 67% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 3% black, 9% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 20% international, 3% 25 or older, 57% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 84% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Barnard College.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.8 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, audition. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview, SAT or ACT. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: 12/1. Notification: 4/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $100. Comprehensive fee: $40,785 includes full-time tuition ($26,000), mandatory fees ($2285), and college room and board ($12,500). College room only: $8050. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $1100 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Choral group. Social organizations: 7 open to all. Most popular organizations: Pan-African Student Union, International Student Association, Student Council, Resident Community Council, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Students Association. Major annual events: Winter Formal, Cafe Jazz, Rite of Spring. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, controlled dormitory access. 336 college housing spaces available; 233 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Peter J. Sharp Library plus 1 other with 107,000 books, 110 serials, 24,000 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $479,114. 9 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Columbia University.

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